Leonard Williams, the son of the late Alf Williams and Irene Jeanette Hoskins Williams was born September 24, 1960, in Middlesboro, KY. He attended Yellow Creek Elementary School where he loved representing the Longhorns playing on their basketball team for numerous years. He believed in the Christian faith and made anyone he ever met feel welcomed into his life as a friend no matter what their background or history. Always, with a smile and a helping hand. He would go out of his way, forgoing his own needs, to help others in need. Doing this is something that made Leonard’s life fulfilled and would always put a smile on his face. He was constantly making others feel loved by joking and his positive statements that would always make someone’s day brighter. One that I’m sure we have all heard from him was, “It will be alright”. His love for others, and especially children, was one of the most Christ-like walks of life. If there was one thing that Leonard would want us to continue with his legacy, that would be to make sure we wake up each day with a smile and to be happy while treating each other with kindness. He never became angry or upset over anything. He would always smile no matter what the situation was and say, “it’ll be alright”.
Leonard aka “Cooter” was well known for being a “jack of all trades”. Just as there is nothing wrong with being a jack of all trades, there’s nothing wrong with being a master of one. However, Leonard knew the one true master of us all and he proved that by being a light to so many of our paths by letting his light shine bright. He could do anything from rebuilding a car engine from the ground up, operating heavy equipment, building a complete house from the ground up to building confidence in another person with his words and kindness. Leonard was always loved at any place he ever worked. Working the past 5 + years for Short-Redmond Auto Group he was able to touch so many lives in many different cities and states by using his many different skills to help his company / family grow to new levels. He loved and was loved by everyone that he worked with and beside during his time there.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, Alf Williams and Irene Jeanette Hoskins Williams. He is survived by his daughter, Ashley (Christopher) Osborne of Middlesboro, KY, daughter Brittany Hawk of Middlesboro, KY, and son Chris Hawk of Middlesboro, KY. Sisters, Darlene Redmond of Middlesboro, KY, Vickie (and the late Ronnie) Baker of Middlesboro, KY and Brenda Barnett of Knoxville, TN. A very special person/friend in life, Tammy England of Middlesboro, KY. A life-long friend, Ancil Redmond of Middlesboro, KY. His grandbabies who he loved with all of his heart, Allison (Ally), Kaitlyn (Tater), Aaliyah, Marley, Kyson, Dennis, and Ava all of Middlesboro, KY. Nephews, Benjamin Redmond, Brian Redmond, Ronnie “Punky” Baker, and Shane Barnett. Nieces, Crystal Campbell, Rhonda Baker, and Tonya Barnett. A host of great nieces, nephews and many others that he would consider family. Although he dearly loved all of his family, he would always start his day by going to have a cup of coffee with is big sister, Darlene. He was especially close to his nephew Brian whom he treated as his own son, teaching him so many things in life from the beginning. From teaching him how to ride dirt bikes at a young age to how to treat other people in life, always there for him working beside him and always telling him “it’ll be alright, Brian”.
Visitation for Leonard will be at Green Hills Funeral Home on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Funeral services to follow at 8:00 p.m. with the Reverend David King officiating with music by The Church of The First Born.
Graveside services will be on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Yeary Cemetery, also known as Oak View Cemetery, in Middlesboro, KY with the Reverend Woodrow Gilbert officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Benjamin Redmond, Brian Redmond, Ray Luckado, Smoky Hunter, Chris Osborne and Chris Hawk.
Green Hills Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is honored to serve the Williams Family.
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